Holiday Dinner Main Dishes
Give traditional oven-roasted turkey a makeover by seasoning it with a zesty rub, and then preparing it on a rotisserie grill. This method will ensure that the bird is tender and juicy on the inside with a beautifully crisp and golden skin.
Recipe: Rotisserie Turkey
Honeycomb Spiral Ham
Sweet honeycomb and chopped dried cranberries pack a flavorful punch in this succulent spiral ham.
- Recipe: Honeycomb Spiral Ham
Molasses adds sweet, earthy flavor to the glazed turkey. Spiked gravy wows with a kick of sherry.
- Recipe: Molasses-Glazed Turkey
Glazed Long Island Duck
For a change from traditional turkey, try a richer bird. In this case, duck is seasoned with rosemary, garlic, and shallots, and then basted with a sweet and sticky lemon marmalade and sugar mixture. Be warned: Once you try this duck, turkey might never win a place back at the holiday table.
Recipe: Glazed Long Island Duck
This classic roasted turkey is seasoned with olive oil, salt, and pepper, before being filled with Oyster Stuffing.
- Recipe: Roasted Turkey
Pork butt roast is marinated in mojo—a blend of Latin flavors such as cumin, lemon juice, onion, garlic, and oregano—and then cooked at a low temperature for five hours until the meat is tender and falls off the bone. This recipe is great for the holidays because you can marinate it up to two days in advance, store it in the fridge, and then let your oven do all the work the day of the event.
Recipe: Dominican Pork
Herb-Brined Creole Turkey
We love the spicy kick that Creole seasoning gives the ordinary Thanksgiving Day turkey. Tone down the amount if you're serving to more sensitive tongues. Dress with greens and assorted fruits.
Recipe: Herb-Brined Creole Turkey
Grilled Pork Tenderloin
The sweetness of the apple salsa complements the spiciness of the pork for an overall a well-rounded mix of flavors. We like the apples to be chunky, but feel free to chop finely for more of a "salsa" feel.
Recipe: Grilled Pork Tenderloin
Peppercorn-crusted Standing Rib Roast
Have the butcher remove the bone and then tie it back on. This will give you more flavor, but allow you to easily remove the bone for carving.
Recipe: Peppercorn-crusted Standing Rib Roast
Sangria Roast Pork
Pork shoulder, a lower priced cut, becomes tender with a long cooking time. Sliced apples or a simple pan sauce best complements this dish.
Recipe: Sangria Roast Pork
Avoid moisture loss by dousing your bird in brine before cooking.
Recipe: Basic Brine
Cranberry-Balsamic Glazed Pork Rack with Fennel, Apples, and Pears
Impress your guests with a main dish that looks as good as it tastes. The deeply flavorful glaze can be made up to 1 day ahead of time.
- Recipe: Cranberry-Balsamic Glazed Pork Rack with Fennel, Apples, and Pears
Cherry-Smoked Turkey on the Grill
You won't regret putting in the time for this smoked turkey.
- Recipe: Cherry-Smoked Turkey on the Grill
Slow-Roasted Patuxent Mallard
Impress your guests with a beautifully-presented, slow-roasted Patuxent Mallard for an elegant dinner this holiday season.
- Recipe: Slow-Roasted Patuxent Mallard